Weekly Family Newsletter

Burns Park Elementary

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March 19th, 2023

Dear Burns Park Families,

This week marks the start of many things - including the arrival of spring (peace out snow!) and Ramadan. Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, is a very important month for Muslims, followers of the Islamic faith. Every evening this month at 7:45PM, Iftar takes place - the meal eaten after sunset during Ramadan. Eid Al Fitr is celebrated at the end of Ramadan - a culminating event with prayer, family and food. Happy Ramadan to all those that celebrate!

With the official start of spring right around the corner (March 21st), we are excited to share that we will be back to eating outside once we return from Spring Break. Students should continue dressing for the weather. As always, in the case of inclement weather/low temperatures, we will eat inside.

Report cards will be sent home on this Friday, March 24th. You will receive them via email from Principal Bullock. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Spring break will take place from March 27th - 31st. We hope everyone has a fun, safe spring break - whether you are traveling or having a staycation.

As this is our last newsletter for March, we want to take one more opportunity to celebrate all of the important women in our community. We appreciate you all.

Love and Peace,

Heather & Leslee



Our favorite custodian, Abdul Akeely, has been nominated for custodian of the year! The prize, if he wins, is $10,000!

Follow this link to vote for him: https://www.custodianoftheyear.com/custodian-of-the-year/

If you really want him to win, you can vote once per day until April 14, so save the link!!!

Here are the details: Cintas will award $10,000 to the winning custodian and $5,000 in Cintas and Rubbermaid products and services to the winner’s school. On top of that, the winner’s school will receive a facility assessment and consulting package from ISSA, The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association, valued at $30,000 and enrollment in the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) Fundamentals Online Course. The nine finalists who round out the Top 10 will receive $1,000 each on behalf of Cintas, a cleaning supply package from Rubbermaid and complimentary tuition to one ISSA Cleaning Management Institute (CMI) virtual training event, valued at $1,500. New this year, the Top 3 finalists will also receive an all-expense-paid trip for two to the ISSA Show North America in Las Vegas in November where they’ll be celebrated for their accomplishments.

Thank you for helping to support Abdul!

Yearbooks - LAST CALL!

Final orders for the Burns Park Elementary Yearbook are due tomorrow 3/20/23. If you haven’t ordered your yearbook yet, now is the time!

The cost is $15. To order, visit: inter-state.com/order. Enter Code 74831D.

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The Burns Park Run is scheduled for Sunday, May 7th, 2023, starting at 8:30 AM and volunteers to support this wonderful event are needed!

In particular, the BPR committee is seeking volunteers for the following:

  • Flyer Posting Campaign - Our goal is to have all posters posted on targeted bulletin boards by April 1st. To achieve this, we would like to provide volunteers two weeks to complete the posting, starting on March 18th. Interested parties can follow the link: https://runsignup.com/Race/Volunteer/MI/AnnArbor/burnsparkrun and search for the MARKETING volunteer role.

  • Yard Sign Placement - We seek volunteers willing to hang a yard sign at their homes or other high-traffic/high-visibility locations (businesses, offices, etc.). Interested parties can follow the link: https://runsignup.com/Race/Volunteer/MI/AnnArbor/burnsparkrun and search for the MARKETING volunteer role.
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March is Reading Month Updates

March is Reading Month Marches On!

Online Book Fair

The in-person Scholastic Book Fair is over, but our online fair continues through March 26! The online fair has a wider selection and all the books are in stock.

eWallet Updates

Parents and families with leftover eWallet money can spend them online. Just visit the Burns Park Elementary Book Fair site, log in, and get shopping! You can use your remaining eWallet money at checkout. To check your eWallet balance, just log in to Scholastic and select "Book Fair eWallet" in the left column. All unused eWallets will be turned into gift cards that can be redeemed at any time. It's also not too late to donate to your teacher's eWallet for classroom use.


Due to restocking issues, some Penguins came home with blue IOU slips. All the books have been ordered. We are waiting for estimated arrival times. Once they arrive the books will be delivered to your Penguin's classroom with a matching blue slip.

Read-a-thon and Pajama Day

March is Reading Month will end Friday, March 24 with the Burns Park Read-a-thon and Pajama Day! Penguins should come dressed in their comfiest pajamas and prepare to spend the afternoon reading. Our Young 5s, Kindergarten and First Grade classes will be treated to books read by Celebrity Guest Readers from the Ann Arbor community (including Mayor Christopher Taylor, Board of Education President Jacinda Townsend Gides and athletes from the University of Michigan Women's Tennis Team)! Our 2nd-5th Grade classes will continue to read and discuss The Silver Arrow. Room Parents, please check with your teachers to see if extra snacks will be needed for the event.

Thank You

A special thank you to Rachel Erdstein for bringing the Book Fair back after its 5 year hiatus and all our wonderful volunteers. We couldn't have made it happen without you! Another shout out to Penguin Parent Julie Rick for designing the MIRM posters hanging throughout the school. Finally, thanks to MIRM Co-Chairs Ellen Delonis and Kory Zhao.

Blood Drive - RESCHEDULED!

The Burns Park blood drive has been rescheduled to Election Day! May 2nd 12-6pm.

No school for kids, but WE HAVE CHILDCARE. Go vote, and give blood, and you can sleep doubly rewarded (with Zingerman's cookies in your belly).


Questions? Want Mzz Kreger to just sign you up? Email Sandy at: kreger@aaps.k12.mi.us

Noon Hour Volunteers Needed!

We are in great need of additional support during lunch and recess time. If you are available only a few days a week, please consider volunteering in our lunch room. If interested, please use this sign up link.

Youth Art Month

Youth Art Month is back! You can find 2D and 3D art from Burns Park is on display in the windows of the Ann Arbor Art Center.

Ann Arbor Art Center

117 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor

Additionally, art from our March is Reading Month project is on display in the Aquarium Window! This gallery window is near the corner of Ashley St. and Liberty St. (in between the Beer Grotto and the parking lot entrance).

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AAPS Masking Policy

As of today, March 19th, Washtenaw County is in the CDC LOW/GREEN Community Level. Masks are optional. Link to CDC Community Level page here.

For more detailed information about the AAPS 2022-2023 COVID and Health Guidance, please click here.

From the PTO

Dear Fantastic BPE Families,

I hope that everyone had a wonderful twenty seventh week of school. The next PTO meeting in April has been been pushed back by one week to the THIRD Wednesday of April 19. Thank you to everyone that has volunteered for March is Reading Month and the Scholastic Book Fair, below is the recurring opportunity to volunteer as a library helper.

Calling all Library Lovers!: SIGN UP HERE to help with Library.

This is a one hour or less commitment (depending on the grade). You will help check in books, shelve returned books and help students find and check out new books. It's a great way to get to know our BPE students and classrooms. Please check out this flier for more details on being a Library volunteer and SIGN UP HERE to choose a day and time.

Yearbook Sales Ending Soon

Final orders for the Burns Park Elementary Yearbook are due by 3/20/23. If you haven’t ordered your yearbook yet, now is the time!

The cost is $15. To order, visit: inter-state.com/order. Enter Code 74831D.

Your Burns Park PTO

Al Masias, President


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From the Community

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Supportive Connections

Supportive Connections connects adults to resources for substance abuse treatment, therapy, employment, social services, basic needs, housing and more. Any adult 18+ with a student at AAPS can contact Supportive Connections or refer someone in need. Email: supportiveconnections@a2gov.org, Phone: 734-794-6934. Online: a2gov.org/SupportiveConnections

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Upcoming Dates

March 24

Report Cards to Families

March 27 - March 31

Spring Break - NO SCHOOL

April 7

Good Friday - No School